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Fears over food price rise

Food prices increased by 4 per cent, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium, leaving many families across Wales turning to food banks for help.

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Help needed to increase support for families

The Trussel Trust is calling on the Welsh Government to help it increase the number of food banks it operates across Wales. A Welsh Government spokesperson said they are considering the role that food banks play.

Food comes from donations from churches, campaigns and members of the public. You can only use a food bank if you have been referred by an agency such as a health visitor, doctor, job centre, or social services.

The Government already provides a safety net for essentials like food and housing through the benefits system and we can provide emergency financial help through crisis loans.

Where appropriate Jobcentre Plus - for the first time - is now also referring people to food banks after they asked us to do so. We recognise the important role voluntary organisations play in helping people in their local communities.

– Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson

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